Getting Around Hong Kong

Getting Around Hong Kong

July 22, 2015 by Anna O'Hare

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It’s all kicking off in just over a week in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Famed by HK’s stunning skyline, the Hong Kong Convention Centre is a magnificent venue located right in the heart of the city on Victoria Harbour. We couldn’t really ask for a better backdrop RISE, with the best of the city on its doorstep. This area is called Wan Chai and here are some travel tips for getting around.

Coming from the airport?

We recommend getting the MTR (train) from the airport. It’s just 24 mins to Central, HK and is spotless and safe. You can then hop in a taxi from Central to the venue for about €4 or 33HK$.

You can also travel to HK Station in Central for HK$100 via a 23 minute ride by the Airport Express. There’s also a complimentary shuttle bus from Hong Kong Station to HKCEC.


Getting around via public transport

Hong Kong has a highly developed transportation system. Public transport including Mass Transit Railway (MTR), buses and ferries handle over 10 million passenger trips each day with affordable fares. The Octopus card, a stored value smart card payment system, can be used to pay for fares on almost all railways, buses and ferries, and also for parking. Very handy.


Keep in mind that there are 3 different colour taxis in Hong Kong. Red taxis cover most destinations within the city except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau Island. Green cabs run around in New Territories and on some appointed roads on Lantau Island. Blue taxis serve most destinations on Lantau Island.


If you’re planning to go to New Territories or Lantau Island, choose a green or blue cab as they’re more reasonably priced. All the taxis can touch the city’s airport but may not be available in Discovery Bay.

If your journey covers the Lantau Link, you’ll be required to pay an extra toll fee of HK$30 even to downtown or Lantau Island. If you’re using toll tunnels, the extra fee is also your responsibility.

See you all very, very soon.

About the Author

Anna O'Hare
Anna is a storyteller at heart and is particularly passionate about telling the stories of startups. After returning from a year working in New York City's tech sector, she now writes for Collision, Web Summit, RISE and SURGE.